“With 2006 barely underway, Apple Computer Inc. is wasting no time trying to build on the hype generated by its early lead in the market for portable media players,” Rex Crum writes for MarketWatch. “On Jan. 10, Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs is expected to unveil the company’s newest products at the annual Macworld Conference and Expo in San Francisco. The gathering begins Jan. 9. Jobs typically uses his opening keynote address to show off at least one or two important product changes for the Cupertino, Calif.-based company. Although the company usually guards its secrets as closely as the Central Intelligence Agency, analysts are guessing that Jobs will unveil at least one of the following: a new iPod Shuffle, a PC that runs on Intel Corp. chips or an iMac PC that acts much like a digital television tuner and recorder.”
“Other items that analysts say have a chance of showing up at the Macworld show are some version of an iMac computer that acts like a digital television tuner and recorder. Apple took a step in that direction in October, when it revamped the iMac to include FrontRow, a software application that includes a remote control to manage and run the computer’s digital video and audio content,” Crum writes. “Apple’s Macworld unveilings will come barely a week before the company is scheduled to report its first-quarter results on Jan. 18. Analysts estimate Apple will earn 53 cents a share, on $5 billion in revenue, up from 35 cents a share, on sales of $3.5 billion in the same period a year ago.”
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